CAN’s Lotterywest Story Street program kicked off in 2019 with tailored community arts projects that provided safe spaces for underrepresented (CaLD) communities to participate in the arts, share stories and express identity. Between September and December 2019, eighteen Lotterywest Story Street projects took place across the Cities of Stirling, Canning and Wanneroo, Between September and December 2019, eighteen Lotterywest Story Street projects took place across the Cities of Stirling, Canning and Wanneroo, encouraging community connections within and between cultures to grow, as well as increased understanding of culture, race and solidarity.
Across 2020 and 2021, the Lotterywest Story Street program is continuing with these fantastic wonderful projects outlined below, which aim to foster community connections within and between cultures and increased understanding of culture, race and solidarity.
*Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD):
For the purposes of this project, the term Culturally and Linguistically Diverse refers to people who are first, second or third generation migrants or members of ethnic communities. This includes people who may self-identify or engage with the languages, customs and cultural specificities of ancestral heritages that differ from those of Anglo-Australians. Other terms that our communities identify with may include Person of Colour (POC), People of the Global South, migrant, refugee and Non-English speaking backgrounds. (Source: Diversity Arts Australia’s definition of this term)
ROOTED IN FREEDOM
CAN x Soul Alphabet
For Black women by Black women
Rooted in Freedom is an exciting new series of writing workshops which hopes to inspire young Bla(c)k women aged between 16 and 28 to explore how race and gender construct the world they live in and how to honour their freedom and express themselves authentically through the written word.
Local writers lead three workshops, sourcing inspiration from poems, essays and extracts from Maar Bidi and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela. Participants learnt how to identify, analyse and create their own autobiographical narratives.
This led to the publication of the Rooted in Freedom book. Rooted in Freedom honours the expressions of Bla(c)k women writers currently residing within the Bibbulmun Nation. This collective body of work navigates the intersections between race, gender, personal narrative and the longing for freedom.
This book is a celebration of Bla(c)k literature, a call for collective liberation and an offering of gratitude to the work of other Bla(c)k women who came before.
Image Credit: Tasha Faye
CAN x Teatro Latinx
Teatro Latinx was a highlight of the Lotterywest Story Street program in 2019. Latinx artists with skills in storytelling, performance, writing and public speaking worked alongside a group of Perth-based Latin American women to tell their stories, and share them with the wider community during a multimedia performance featuring puppets, projection and audio recordings at the Beaufort Street Community Centre.
In 2021, Teatro Latinx is produced Man On! with the local Latinx community. Drawing inspiration from the personal experiences of Latinx migrants navigating the temporary visa system and Australia’s constantly changing migration policies, Man On! built a theatrical football game that will inspire contemplation and conversation.
The Man On! performance happened on 10 April at Herb Graham.
Keep updated with Teatro Latinx by following their Facebook page.
Image Credit: Evelyn Vargas
ALWATAN TO HOME
CAN x City of Stirling x Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre
The Alwatan to Home project sought to create a welcoming space for women from Arabic-speaking backgrounds to share their experiences of leaving the place they once called home, alwatan, and making a new life on Noongar country. Textile/embroidery artist Susie Vickery and jewellery-maker Sultana Shamshi supported the women to unpack their deeply personal journeys and translate them to an embroidered artwork.
CAN is working with the community to present these completed works widely.
Image Credit: Michelle Troop
Between September to December 2019, twenty-eight events took place in various venues across the cities of Canning, Stirling and Wanneroo. In total, 500 participants from fifty-one CaLD communities came together at Story Street workshops and events to share stories, conversations and food.
the community in a live performance in November 2019 which was attended by approximately 55 people.